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From Patricia Shanahan <p...@acm.org>
Subject Re: Introduction and a project
Date Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:10:32 GMT
I want to emphasize that anyone who tries to do something and gets stuck 
should post questions here or on dev@openoffice.apache.org. Somebody 
else may have already solved your problem, and your ideas may help 
someone else.

On 2/10/2017 10:40 AM, Patricia Shanahan wrote:
> Introduction:
>
> I'm a member of the OpenOffice Project Management Committee. Some time
> ago, I pushed the creation of the recruitment@ mailing list, and offered
> to do some mentoring of new volunteers.
>
> The good news is that, although now retired, I am a very experienced
> developer. The bad news is that I am relatively new to OpenOffice
> development.  We will be learning its implementation together.
>
> There seems to be a critical mass of developers here, so I would like to
> offer you a joint project. I'm asking each person to attack this from
> their own point of view, using their own skills and resources. Whenever
> you find out anything about the problem, please post it here. The hope
> is that your combined skills will be even more effective than each of
> you could be individually.
>
> Project:
>
> There is a difference between spreadsheet and text document behavior.
> The text document behavior is the more desirable. The objective is to
> understand why spreadsheets don't behave the same way, and fix it.
>
> OpenOffice supports embedded OLE document links. I created each of the
> attached files by creating a new document and then inserting a link:
>
> Insert -> Object -> OLE Object
>
> In the dialog, pick "Create from file" radio button, enable "Link to
> file", and select a text file. The one I used contained the text "This
> is the dummy file on the Windows 10 computer", and the path to the file
> is c:/OpenOfficeDev/test_files/dummy.txt. If you want to use a different
> path, you should create your own test files.
>
> To see the different behavior, open each file on a computer that has a
> file with the same path but different content. The text file
> original.odt asks if you want to update links. If you select "yes" you
> will see the content on the computer on which you are running, not the
> original text. The spreadsheet original.ods does not - it just uses the
> copy of the original text from original.ods.
>
> I would like to get the spreadsheet to go through the same dialog as the
> text document.
>
> Resources:
>
> The key for developers getting started is the build instructions at
> https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/Building_Guide_AOO/Step_by_step.
> Even if you don't want to actually build, you can use it for getting
> access to the source code.
>
> There is an index of the source code at
> http://opengrok.adfinis-sygroup.org/source/ There may well be better
> tools for doing the same job - feel free to post suggestions here.
>
> Some of the files contain German comments. There is a problem for those
> of us who do not know German. The usual solution of pasting the text
> into an on-line translator does not work well because of the style and
> jargon. Fortunately, we have some people who are fluent in both German
> and English, and a system for asking them to translate a specific
> module. If you are familiar with Bugzilla, or want to learn it, see
> https://bz.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=39199 If you prefer not to
> deal with Bugzilla at this time, post the path to the file here and I'll
> request translation.
>
> Of course, ask any questions here as well as posting any results you get.

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